Would you like to enjoy a beautiful butterfly garden on your property? When choosing plants, it is important to note that some are host plants (for eggs and larvae), and others are nectar plants (for adults). Look for knowledgeable landscape planting professionals, like The NL Group, who offer expert advice on how to welcome these beautiful flying creatures into your yard. 

Native plants are advised for a wide range of butterfly habitats. The loveliest flowers are short-tubular and orange, red, or yellow. We have listed some of the best plants to attract butterflies to your yard.

Goldenrod (Solidago)

This mustard-yellow flowering plant blooms from late summer to late fall and radiates warmth and sunshine. At least 18 kinds of butterflies, including the painted lady and gigantic swallowtail, are drawn to Goldenrod, including bees. Goldfinches and native sparrows consume the plant’s seeds. Examples of Goldenrod types that grow well in the Illinois area include the Zigzag or Broad-leaved Goldenrod, Elm-leaved Goldenrod, and Blue-stemmed or Wreath Goldenrod. 

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Fall blooms are particularly significant because they supply nectar at a time when many gardens are devoid of flowers. Asters bloom in various colors, including blue, purple, and pink, from late summer to fall. A wide range of butterflies, such as painted ladies and monarchs, are drawn to asters. There are many varieties of Aster to choose from that are suited for the Illinois climate.

Milkweed (Asclepias)

Early summer brings juicy reddish-orange blooms, while autumn brings foliage. Since milkweed is the only plant where monarchs will lay their eggs, it is vital to them. Zebra swallowtails have a soft spot for them as well. Hummingbirds are also attracted to this plant. Milkweed cultivar favorites include ‘Hello Yellow’, ‘Ice Ballet’, and ‘Cinderella’.

Coneflower (Echinacea)

These daisy-like prairie plants have striking purple, orange, or pink flowers. Expect blooms from coneflowers all summer long. Orange and purple coneflowers are particularly eye-catching choices. Its nectar attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, while goldfinches gather around its seeds. Popular varieties include the ‘Sombrero’, ‘Bright Star’, and ‘Cleopatra’.

Create Your Dream Butterfly Garden

According to the Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois has various butterflies, from the enormous swallowtail to the tiny Eastern-tailed blue and gray hairstreak. Numerous birds, animals, and insects feed on the eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalids produced by butterflies, which play a significant role in the ecological life cycle.

Plants offer caterpillars food and nectar, and they also house and protect the eggs of moths and butterflies. You can help butterflies by having a butterfly garden or containers that provide host plants for the caterpillars and nectar for the adults. Butterflies, bees, and other pollinators get their energy from nectar, a sugary liquid. Your garden probably has nectar plants that will draw them in if it has flowers or herbs.

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Entrusting your landscaping project to The NL Group, the experts in planting services in Barrington, IL, can make your goal of creating a unique outdoor space a reality. By leveraging our experience with landscape planting, we can create a space that skillfully blends your vision with nature’s beauty, significantly improving your landscape’s appeal.